If you’ve not seen this week’s episode of Arrow yet – or read the review here – it appears that we may, just may, be getting DC’s Solomon Grundy in the series. Right at the end of State vs Queen, also known simply as Episode 7 of Season 2, we were shown Sebastian ‘Brother’ Blood working his wonders on somebody simply called Cyrus. Well, it turns out that Cyrus is actually Cyrus Gold, which is the human name of DC’s zombified Solomon Grundy.
Adding to this story, the synopsis has now been released for the ninth episode of this current season, which is titled Three Ghosts. This episode will lead into the mid-season break, and the official word reads:
After a fight with Cyrus Gold AKA the Acolyte (guest star Graham Shiels), Oliver is drugged and left for dead. Determined to cure him, Felicity makes a risky decision. The cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and what he sees forces him to confront his past. Meanwhile, Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger. The Arrow asks Lance to look into Gold, but when the stakeout on Gold goes bad, someone is killed. Roy (Colton Haynes) is captured and tortured by Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro). John Behring directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Geoff Johns and Ben Sokolowski.
As mentioned, despite Solomon Grundy not being actually mentioned, Cyrus Gold was Grundy’s human name before he turned into the familiar monster that we see in the comics. Whether Gold will turn into Grundy down the line, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
So, in terms of DC names, so far in Arrow we’ve seen Green Arrow, Black Canary, China White, Brother Blood, Isabel Rochev, Dr. Ivo, Sin, Bronze Tiger, Firefly, Deathstroke, KGBeast, Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Red Arrow, Merlyn… and that’s just off the top of my head. Added to that, we’re due to see The Flash, Nyssa al Ghul, and some form of the Suicide Squad. The CW is certainly not afraid of tipping their hat to the comic book world right now, and that’s most definitely a good thing.
It’s just a shame that Arrow has to take a mid-season break in a couple of weeks…